In June 1858 three local fishermen were at sea five miles of Flamborough Head when their coble capsized and they were swept into the water. The subsequent account of the single survivor, transcribed by the Rev George Shaw is a harrowing tale of how simple faith sustained them as they clung to fishing floats (known as bowls), becoming ever weaker and near death as the hours passed.
The story is transcribed in full. It is deeply moving and needs to be read in full in this pdf file : A harrowing tale of death at sea
Methodist Minister the Rev. Shaw later produced a ‘service of song’ published pamphlet, describing the tragedy in the context of a number of hymns:
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